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Physics of Energy


Admission Requirements

An1(na), An2(na), Statistical Physics 1


This course develops the core Physics knowledge that underlies the concept of Energy, its sources, conversion into different forms and transport. It employs these to analyze energy sources/energy extraction technologies.
In particular, the course tackles:

  • the fundamentals of (and in particular, the theoretical understanding of energy in)

    • thermodynamical systems
    • fluid mechanics
  • energy transport (conduction, convection, radiation)

The material is treated in lectures, exercise classes and in case studies done in groups and leading to a report and a presentation.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to

  • State the Thermodynamic laws and apply them to classical thermal cycle problems

  • Derive and apply Thermodynamic relations to describe gasses

  • Analyze and characterize fluid flows and work out problems of elementary hydrodynamics

  • Use dimensional analysis to gain insight into different energy sources and energy conversion systems.

  • Calculate the energy efficiency of energy conversion stages.

  • Calculate energy gains from energy sources.

  • Calculate energy losses due to different transport mechanisms.

  • Make estimates of resources requirements and impact of different energy extraction technologies.

  • Evaluate the merit of different energy sources based on quantitative comparisons.

  • Be able to identify areas of quantifiable improvement in the implementation of at least one energy extraction method.

Transferable skills

You will

  • Work in groups.

  • Work on a project (case study) unsupervised, to clear goals, plan and deadlines

  • Identify relevant trade literature and use it selectively

  • Prepare a report of an analysis

  • Present the report in class

  • Create a exam-type question/problem on the topics of the course.


For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

Mode of Instruction

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Course load

3EC equivalent to 84 hours

Assessment method

Exam (70%); project work (case study, report, and presentation) (30%)


Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis by registration for a class activity using a class number

Reading list

Lecture notes.


Dr. H. Papathanasiou